Shooting rocks California rail yard

Police said Samuel Cassidy, 57, was an employee at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which operated the rail yard where he killed eight people, the Associated Press reported.

"I talked to him five times in five years", Doug Suh, who lives across the street from Cassidy's home, told the station. The VTA is a public transit service that operates bus and light rail services in the Santa Clara Valley and employs about 2,000 workers.

"When our deputies went through the door, initially he was still firing rounds". The railroad yard is next to the sheriff's office and one block from the San Jose Civic Center and county office.

The suspect in a mass shooting that killed nine at a San Jose, California, light rail yard was found dead with two semiautomatic handguns and 11 magazines with ammunition nearby, officials said Thursday. That's when he filed the restraining order against her, the report said.

He also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the victims.

Davis said he would share more information later. "It begs the damn question of what the hell is going on in the United States of America?" US President Joe Biden has called on members of Congress to "take immediate action" to combat the rise in gun violence and mass shootings in the US.

The victims, many of them longtime employees of the transit agency, were identified as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63, and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.

The County of Santa Clara medical examiner-coroner's office identified victims late on Wednesday. "There are at least eight families who will never be whole again".

"I was scared", the woman, who said she broke up with Cassidy about 12 years ago and has requested anonymity, told KNTV-TV of San Jose. "Eight families are feeling this same sense of loss tonight and our entire community is mourning as well".

In court documents, an ex-girlfriend described Cassidy as volatile and violent, with major mood swings because of bipolar disorder that became worse when he drank heavily. The documents were obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle. Cassidy apparently turned his weapon against himself after the bloodshed, authorities said.

The suspect had worked for the transit authority since at least 2012, when he was listed as an "electro-mechanic", and was promoted to "substation maintainer" in 2015, according to records posted by the nonprofit website Transportation California. Police said a separate investigation is going on in the fire.

"The whole crew is gone, the whole shift is gone", the employee told the Mercury News of San Jose.

"I'd say hello, and he'd just look at me without saying anything", Suh said.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office confirmed that eight people died at the scene and one person was taken to a hospital, with no details on their conditions. A gunman killed three people and then himself at a popular garlic festival in Gilroy in July 2019.

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